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Cristiano Ronaldo writes letter to judge to defend pitch invader

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Cristiano Ronaldo has written a letter to a judge in America urging him to not punish a fan who ran onto the pitch and hugged the Real Madrid star during a pre-season friendly.

Ronald Gjoka, a 20-year-old student, rushed onto the pitch during Madrid's pre-season friendly against Chelsea in August.

Gjoka, a Albanian-born Canadian, hugged Ronaldo at the Sun Life Stadium in Los Angeles, before being escorted away by security forces.

Despite apologising for his actions the youngster is facing charges.

Ronaldo has decided to step in and has written a letter to an attorney in Florida in order to help get him off the hook.

"My name is Cristiano Ronaldo and I play for Real Madrid. I was playing in Sun Life Stadium when a fan entered the field," reads the letter, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

"His name is Ronald Gjoka, a young college student. We hugged, and we spoke for a while, until security arrived to escort him off the field. He was not aggressive or violent in ANY way.

"What's more, he did not put up any resistance when the security guards and police arrived.


"As I understand it, he has admitted his mistake and understands the importance of security.

"He is a young man of twenty who grew up without a father and was raised by a single mother.

He attends Palm Beach State Community College, Florida, with an international student grant.

"I am concerned because I understand he may face problems with immigration and with his college if the criminal charges against him are not dropped. He was immediately taken to the Stadium's security area and then spent a day and a half in jail.

"It seems he appeared before a judge on Monday accompanied by his attorney who asked for the charges to be dropped, but you chose to ignore his appeal.

"I understand your position and the importance of enforcing rules and laws. However, I respectfully request that you and your office reconsider this decision and dismiss the two criminal charges this young man faces.

"I would hate to see him face criminal charges for his mistake. By all accounts he has a bright future ahead of him and I'd hate to see this future ruined by an error of judgement. Thank you. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly at any time."

"Sincerely,

"Cristiano Ronaldo."

There has been no news as yet over whether Gjoka will be let off the charges or not.

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